Department of Political Science

PSC 553 Ethnic Politics

Political Science Field: Comparative Politics, International Relations
Typically offered every 2-3 years

Bethany Lacina, Bonnie M. Meguid
Spring 2011 — R 14:00-16:40

Course Syllabus

What motivates the adoption of or identification with one ethnic group over another? How does ethnic identity shape an individual\'s political decisions or outcomes such as public goods provision, economic growth, and political violence? This course explores the growing literature on ethnic politics in the comparative politics and international relations sub-fields. We consider multiple methodological approaches to these questions and explore the dynamics of ethnic identity formation, ethnic-based political behavior, and ethnic cooperation and conflict in a range of empirical contexts.